The subject of this article is very fancy! It allows you to make predictions based on the current deals of integration the two industries, 3D printing, and travel have signed up! With the freedom to make calculations comes an inherent responsibility of choosing the variables wisely.3D printing can help change many aspects of your life, but did you ever think that it could change travel too? Here is how.
So, to make our flow of journey smoother, we’d present to you in this article the facts first and then the calculations. The extensive amount of research work going on in this field for years now constructs a foundation of these facts!
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The year 2014 hosted many of the insight-providing researches that let the experts in the travel industry build hindsight: Implementation of 3D printing technology in which exact areas inside the travel industry could be fruitful?
- Gheorghe’s research in 2014 provided a groundbreaking insight. Analyzing a 3D printer as a tool for producing any kind of part and functional prototype, Gheorghe audaciously claimed how travelers might simply board a flight without any luggage. The point being, every hotel they stay at would have a 3D printer that could print the kind of clothes they wished to wear. The difficulty with many printers is that they can only print in one color. But there is a solution for this – an innovative dual-extruder 3D printer, that can print in two colors at the same time, which means printing in half the time.
The practicality of this research was manifested by Janne Kyttanen, an artist based in Finland. Kyattanen was able to design the entire outfit, be it bags, shoes, everything, and produce them via a 3D printer. He was able to show his contribution in an exhibit named Lost Luggage in Rotterdam’s Galerie VIVID in Spring 2014.
A reduction in the cost of traveling by airplane
- In March 2014, Airbus and China’s North Western Polytechnical University signed an agreement of cooperation. Under this, they agreed to explore ways for applying 3D printing technology in the commercial aviation sector. In 2015, Airbus concluded that parts and functional prototypes manufactured using 3D printing weighed anywhere around 30 to 55 percent less and used 90 percent less material than their traditional counterparts.
This research stretched the notion of an extremely effective mode of locomotion using parts and functional prototypes manufactured via 3D printing technology. As soon as modern aircraft start using 3D printing for manufacturing its components, the cost of industry and energy consumption of the manufacturing process would reduce. The newer planes will be much lighter and hence consume lesser fuel and reduce transportation costs significantly.
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More and more customized travel experiences
- As per the research done in the year 2013 by Mc Aveety, 3D technology will change the hospitality industry because the key to success in the hotel business lies in providing unique guest experiences.
One of the core benefits of using 3D printing technology is customization and personalization. Traditional manufacturing methods have relied on standardization and mass production, whereas modern additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing aims to provide customization more easily and cheaply. For example, to manufacture a customized handbag for your own, you do not know how much exactly it will cost using traditional manufacturing techniques. All you know is that it will be expensive.
Whereas, if you are manufacturing the same handbag via 3D printing technology, you can download the 3D design file for free from online 3D printing repositories. After that, you can upload it to an online 3D printing service provider’s website and by mentioning your address; you can get it delivered at your home for somewhere around $20 to $50 depending on the 3D printing material and the printing method.
Innovative ways to market their travel business
- In 2015 the Wall Street Journal laid stress on how 3D printing technology can provide hoteliers creative tools for advertising their business. Hotel owners can use the 3D top-down images for advertising to their customers. Doing this can help customers gain a better understanding of various aspects such as the hotel building, rooms, and furniture. Because of the flexibility of 3D printing technology, the 3D models used for marketing can be upgraded from time to time with innovations in the original space.
This may be difficult enough to understand, but you need to get into your own shoes and think about the aspects you wish to know before your own travel. Apart from seeing the photographs and videos, if you can get a chance to see a 3D model which gives you a complete idea of the actual situation of the room, building, and furniture, wouldn’t that be comforting in making the decision of whether to plan your stay over there or not? We state it’d be very comforting!
The ability to manufacture via a 3D design file is making us calculate ambitiously about the integration of 3D printing technology, not only with the world of travel but also with other worlds. But, we should realize that there is more to it. The factor such as ‘tremendous electric consumption of an industrial 3D printer currently used for manufacturing giant parts and functional prototypes’ lies in between our fancy and reality.
Environmental concerns about burning plastic, which is a raw material for 3D printing most of the parts or functional prototypes, should also be taken into consideration. Apart from the travel on the planet, 3D printing technology has shown fruitful results in the Aerospace industry that deals with travel outside this planet.
We are seven years more advanced than the year in which the first 3D printer costing $200 was available in the market. Definitely, 3D printing technology is more advanced and cheaper than it used to be. It’s available to more people than it used to be. And it’s more integrated into the travel industry or any industry than it used to be. But we’d still have to be patient to witness the major changes that we are speaking about in this article. Say some more years from today you’d see these in action. The number of these years depends on the speed at which we are able to develop the technology, locate the areas of integration, and manifest the integration to make it a reality.